Grave concern

Archived Stop Press article

gravestonegravestoneI gather from Hansard that John Mann MP has found that there have been but two deaths in 28 years from falling gravestones. Indeed it was Mr Mann who had to put this on record, in fact answering his own question in the House of Commons,as there are no centrally and officially collected figures. Mr Mann is annoyed that, in view of this number, the responsible authorities continue to act irrationally and lay the stones flat, despite the low risk of their falling. Is this another example of the rampant health and safety mindset that has done so much to skew decision-making in the UK? As I type, our neighbourhood is in the third week of what sounds like an artillery battle, but is really the run up to Guy Fawkes' night. I'm grateful to Mr Mann for shedding light on this gravestone matter, and had Guy Fawkes got his way I imagine many more than 2 people would have died as a result of the explosion he planned. I've no idea how many people die each year as a result of fireworks, perhaps Mr Mann could ask? My point being that the 'authorities' always seem to concentrate on the most bizarre things, while leaving other matters untouched. I wonder if Guy Fawkes had an opinion on this? History does not record if he did, ah well.